Linklog for October 5: Right-wing terrorism, air conditioning, nudity and Sydney’s war against trams

I’ve not posted a new linklog since July 25, but I have been collecting links. As with my art, I want to make sure the labour involved in collecting valuable links for others and sharing them doesn’t just benefit the platorms I post them on, but myself as well. Already I’ve found that I’ve referred …

Mahometan hordes smaller than expected, or so the mahometan hordes claim

Sadly, No reports a comment from a Little Green Footballs commenter that is just too priceless for words: #21 galloping granny 10/24/07 9:21:47 am A friend is visiting from Europe who was in Amsterdam last Friday. I asked him about the ongoing car-b-ques and he did not know the first thing about them, even though …

Dutch election candidate endorsement: Vote Oosterhuis in 2006!

Speaking of the Socialist Party, I’m voting for them tomorrow. It’s the most left-wing vote I’ve cast in many years. I don’t base my vote on their platform, which I haven’t read. Election platforms serve merely as signposts anyway; they don’t ever get implemented undiluted in Dutch government. I don’t even base my choice on …

If we don’t draw the line here, where do we?

Allright, allright. So we can’t rapidly naturalise soccer player Salomon Kalou until he qualifies according to the same criteria that apply to other immigrants. Kicking a ball isn’t a compelling national interest even if you can add millions of Euros to the gross national product if you do it really well. And apparently, Taïda Pasic …

He’s an uncharismatic stuffed shirt who looks like Harry Potter. But he also has his bad side.

There is some sort of diplomatic row going on between the Belgian and Dutch governments. The Belgian foreign secretary, Karel de Gucht, called the Dutch Prime Minister a mix of Harry Potter and middle-class stuffed-shirtedness, a man in whom I cannot detect any trace of charisma. This scandalised the Dutch Cabinet, who called the Belgian …

The Dutch Secretary of Education should read this…

… and then resign in shame. Creationism: God’s gift to the ignorant Admissions of ignorance and mystification are vital to good science. It is therefore galling, to say the least, when enemies of science turn those constructive admissions around and abuse them for political advantage. Worse, it threatens the enterprise of science itself. This is …